It is interesting that in a discussion attempting to illustrate that “whereas Hebrew scriptures speak of Amalek—not Arabs or Palestinians per se, leaving room for interpretation—Islamic texts are unambiguously directed at the Jews,” Raymond Ibrahim uses, on the one hand, the main sources of textual authority in Judaism and on the other hand bypasses the highest source of textual authority in the Islamic context — the Qur`an — opting instead for a hadith of less importance and authority.
Here Ibrahim, a translator of al-Qaeda literature, cites
the famous apocalyptic hadith that states that the End Times shall only be ushered in when the Muslims fight and kill the Jews (Sahih Muslim, B40N6985).
In the Sunni hierarchy, the Qur`an is the most authoritative place on any given matter of theology. There are somewhere in the region of thirty hostile references to Jews to be found in the Qur`an, one of the most widely quoted being al-Maida, 82, which reads as follows:
You shall surely find the Jews and polytheist the bitterest enemies of Muslims, and surely you shall find the nearest in friendship to Muslims, those who used to say, “we are Christians.” That is because among them are men of learning and monks and they are not proud.
Yet another is from al-Baqra, 61:
And when you said, “O Moses, we will not remain content with one food, pray then to your Lord, that He bring forth for us of what the earth grows, some vegetables and cucumbers and wheat and lentils and onions,” said, “Do you demand inferior thing in exchange of the superior?” Well get down in Egypt or in any city, there you shall get that which you demanded, and humiliation and poverty were stamped upon them and drew-in the wrath of Allah. This was in lieu of their refusal of the Signs of Allah and slaying the prophets unjustly. This was due to their disobedience and transgression.
This is the basis for many diatribes against the Jews and it is curious that Ibrahim would go to a hadith (which supplementary to the Qur`an and is of little value independently), it is not needed in order to prove his point and does not logically follow the sources he used in referring to Amalek.